Our expert says:
We have about 30 cases in SA at the moment, but most are mild and no people died in SA yet. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Prevention would be to:
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
Stay home if you get sick.
Symptoms of swine flu:
1.Fever > 38 degrees
2.Body aches and pains
3.Runny nose, sore throat, coughing
4.Diarrhoea and/or vomiting
A quick way to differentiate - a cold affects you “above the neck” and a flu affects the whole body.
You will be most likely to catch it if you had contact with a confirmed case or after travelling on an airplane.
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